Left Behind

When Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi departed for North Korea last Saturday, it was the biggest gamble of his career. Koizumi's mission was to fly back with the relatives of five Japanese citizens whom North Korea abducted in the 1970s and '80s. When Koizumi returned to Tokyo later that same night with five of the eight family members, his gamble—at least in part—seemed to have paid off. Still left behind, however, was the family of 45-year-old abductee Hitomi Soga: her 64-year-old American husband, Charles Robert Jenkins, and their two daughters, 20-year-old Mika and 18-year-old Belinda. At a press conference in Pyongyang,...

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